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    With the proliferation of journals and scientific papers, it has become impossible to sustain a familiarity with the corpus of ecological literature, which totals tens of thousands of pages per year. Given the number of papers that a well-read ecologist should read, it takes an inordinate amount of time to extract the critical details necessary to superficially understand and evaluate the significance of a study from the typical journal article. Determining if a paper is worth taking the time to read closely is becoming more important as the number of published papers increases. Now that the transition to the digital age is nearly complete, perhaps the time is ripe for this situation to be changed.

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    Gustafson, Eric J. 2011. Publishing landscape ecology research in the 21st Century. Landscape Ecology. 26: 1351-1354.


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